Meatball Sandwich
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Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 4
  • 1.5 pounds ground beef (I actually had 1.61 pounds)
  • 1 small yellow onion, finely chopped (a little more than ¼ cup)
  • ½ cup seasoned Italian breadcrumbs
  • 1 large egg and 1 large egg without yolk, mixed
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons chopped garlic
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt
Marinara Sauce
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 28 ounce can petite diced tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup red wine
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped basil
Other ingredients
  • Sliced mozzarella or provolone cheese
  1. To make the meatballs, combine meat, garlic, breadcrumbs, eggs, salt, pepper, parsley, and milk in a mixing bowl. Mix together well with hands (careful not to over mix). Roll into 15, 3 inch balls and place on a cookie sheet and cover. Place cookie sheet into the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes or even overnight. (letting the meatballs rests helps give them more flava).
  2. While meatballs are setting, drizzle olive oil in a large pot and place over medium heat. Add onions and saute for a few minutes then add garlic and saute for an additional minute. Once onions are translucent, add the rest of the ingredients and stir to combine. Bring sauce to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes, stirring often to ensure the bottom does not burn. The sauce should not boil, just simmer.
  3. To brown the meatballs, heat olive oil in a heavy pot or large skillet over medium-high heat. Add meatballs 6 to 8 at a time, turning to brown. Remove and drain on a paper towel after each batch.
  4. Once all the meatballs are browned, gently add meatballs to sauce and simmer for about 20 minutes until cooked through, gently stirring often.
  5. Assemble sandwiches - place two sliced of cheese on the bread, then 3-4 meatballs, then the sauce and place under broiler for about 5 minutes or until cheese starts to lightly brown on the edges. Garnish with basil and parmesan cheese.
Recipe by Stuck On Sweet at